I am obsessed with pumpkin flavored foods. Pumpkin breads, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin spice lattes.
Pumpkin ice cream!
Pumpkin Mac N Cheese?!?! (Pinch me)
I love pumpkin flavored foods so much that I naturally just HAD to try making this little recipe here.
First, I must note that I am a mess in the kitchen. Not in the sense of being unable to cook...I actually have quite a few skills and recipes that I'm an ace at. But I make a huge mess. I can still hear my ex saying (good naturedly, while chuckling) "I know this is going to be delicious, but goodness lady how many utensils and bowls does it take to mix cake batter!?". (answer: 17?). You should see me at Thanksgiving...there is no plate, bowl, spoon or casserole dish in my cupboards that goes unused.
Last night was no exception. Yes, I took up both sides of my oven as well as a portion of my kitchen table. And yes, I bake with pink heart shaped bowls. Oh and yes, red wine makes a great baking companion (one of those glasses belongs to Drea...don't worry).
The recipe was super easy to follow.
Mix up the ingredients, plop them in the muffin tin.
Swirl in a blob of Nutella (yum).
Bake for 40 minutes, and voila! Pumpkin banana nutella goodness.
So far I've been talking a lot about pumpkins, when this post is clearly labeled "my beef with bananas". Allow me to explain...
Bananas are kind of a little brat of a fruit. I don't particularly like them. Not only are they oddly moist and sticky and slimy, but I think people look ridiculous eating them. But the biggest beef I have with bananas lies in the fact that they are total flavor bogarters. I mean they really bogart some flavor, my friends. Like...why you gotta be the center of attention in any recipe you're in?
You put a banana in a smoothie with 34 other fruit varieties and what does that smoothie taste like? A banana.
You slice it up in your cereal with a little vanilla almond milk and what does the cereal taste like? A banana.
And apparently you put bananas in your pumpkin muffins and...you guessed it...those muffins taste like banana. No pumpkin flavor at all!! Arrgh!
Don't get me wrong, the muffins were still super delicious. Here are some co-worker gchat reviews:
artem: zomggg this is sooo gooooood
me: if you dont at least try a muffin, we can not be friends. no pressure!
George: whoa that's good
I felt very bamboozled by this recipe. So, in an effort to really stick it to the man (bananas) I frosted my next batch with Nutella to add more of a flavor I enjoy.
Ha, suck it, bananas.
Next time I make this (it really is quite good) I'm cutting the banana portions in half and doubling the pumpkin portions. But knowing bananas (such little fruit b*tches) they will probably still taste like banana.
Side note: There was an earth quake in the middle of baking. It shook my apartment pretty good. Drea and I had a few moments of heart pounding together. Then we kept baking. The end.
Happy Friday, loves!